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Portland (6th Duke of) (1857 - 1943)

Welbeck Abbey from the lake
Welbeck Abbey from the lake
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Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentink

Associated Places:  Welbeck Abbey, Nottingham

Description:

One year after he first attended a race meeting, the Duke of Portland succeeded to his title. He inherited great wealth and big estates in England and Scotland including the magnificent establishment at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, where he set about reviving the stud. He chose Mathew Dawson as his trainer, and with his advice bought St Simon on the death of Prince Gustavus Batthyany - hence acquiring the greatest British sire ever. He imported the crack Australian horse Carbine as a complete unrelated cross for his mares. He also bred Ayrshire and Donovan.

For most of his life the Duke enjoyed great success in his colours of white, black sleeves and cap, with both breeding and racing. The pleasure that he derived from his horses is admirably portrayed in his books, 'Memoirs of Racing and Hunting'', and 'Men, Women and Things'.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Ayrshire   1888   (B)
Ayrshire   1888   (O)
1000 Guineas
Semolina   1890   (B)
Semolina   1890   (O)
Amiable   1894   (B)
Amiable   1894   (O)
Derby
Ayrshire   1888   (B)
Ayrshire   1888   (O)
Donovan   1889   (B)
Donovan   1889   (O)
Oaks
Memoir   1890   (O)
Mrs Butterwick   1893   (O)
Amiable   1894   (B)
Amiable   1894   (O)
La Roche   1900   (B)
La Roche   1900   (O)
St Leger
Donovan   1889   (B)
Donovan   1889   (O)
Memoir   1890   (O)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Ascot Gold Cup  St Simon   1884   (O)
Goodwood Cup  St Simon   1884   (O)
Ascot Gold Cup  William the Third   1902   (B)
Ascot Gold Cup  William the Third   1902   (O)
 
Welbeck Stable Yard
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The Stables at Welbeck
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6th Duke of Portland
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